October 21, 2004

In this Issue:

  1. Child Development: The Science and Practice of Catching Problems Early (Live Web Conference)
      Source: Commonwealth Fund - October 20, 2004
  2. Investing in Children Yields Exceptional Returns
      Source: Economic Policy Institute - October 19, 2004
  3. House Appoints IDEA Conferees
      Source: Wrightslaw News - October 18, 2004

1. Child Development: The Science and Practice of Catching Problems Early (Live Web Conference)

Source: Commonwealth Fund - October 20, 2004

Starting at 7 pm EST on Thursday, October 21, the Commonwealth Fund will sponsor a live one-hour webcast on screening for problems in early child development. The event, Child Development: The Science and Practice of Catching Problems Early, will be available free of charge on Medscape, a leading online information resource for medical professionals. Leading experts will review the scientific basis for early child development screening, describe screening tools, and discuss the role that screening efforts play in the continuum of delivery of high-quality pediatric care. For additional information go to http://www.medscape.com/viewprogram/3513.

2. Investing in Children Yields Exceptional Returns

Source: Economic Policy Institute - October 19, 2004

There is a strong consensus among the experts who have studied high-quality early childhood development (ECD) programs that these programs have significant payoffs. The Economic Policy Institute's latest study, Exceptional Returns: Economic, Fiscal, and Social Benefits of Investment in Early Childhood Development, by research associate Robert G. Lynch, demonstrates for the first time that providing all 20% of the nations three- and four-year-old children who live in poverty with a high-quality ECD program would have a substantial payoff for governments and taxpayers in the future. To download the report go to http://www.epi.org/books/exceptional/exceptional_returns_(full).pdf.

3. House Appoints IDEA Conferees

Source: Wrightslaw News - October 18, 2004

On October 8, 2004, the Speaker of the House of Representatives appointed conferees for the committee that will develop a compromise bill to reauthorize IDEA. The Senate appointed its conferees on September 21 ... Congress will recess until after the election and is expected to return to Washington for a lame-duck session around November 15. Depending on the outcome of the election, members of the committee may reach a compromise on IDEA that will allow reauthorization during the lame duck session. It is also possible that reauthorization will be postponed until next year. For more information go to http://www.wrightslaw.com/news/04/idea.oct18.htm.